Bus Depots and Bus Parks

Bedok North Depot - Maintenance corner
Bedok North Depot – Maintenance corner

A bus depot (or bus garage) is where buses are stored and maintained. They are essential facilities for bus operations, and provide a central location for maintenance, refuelling and bus parking, along with offices and ancillary facilities that support bus operations.

Bus Depots usually come with the following facilities:

  • Administrative Offices
  • NTWU Canteen
  • Staff welfare facilities (e.g. lounges, gym, etc.)
  • Bus parking area
  • Bus washing machines
  • Fuel pumps (Diesel and AdBlue)
  • Inspection Lanes
  • Workshop (for maintenance and overhaul)
  • Bus Operations Control Centre (BOCC) (some depots)
  • Bus repainting shop (some depots)
  • Electric bus chargers (some depots)

In contrast, bus parks (or out-stations) are compounds that function as bus storage facilities. They provide minimal facilities and usually depend on bus depots on maintenance, refuelling and sometimes washing. However, some bus parks in Singapore function as fully independent bus depots.

Here is a list of bus depots and bus parks in Singapore catering to public transport:

Bus Depot / Park Location Operator(s) Remarks
Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP) Ang Mo Kio Street 63 SBS Transit East District
BOCC
Bedok North Bus Depot (BNDEP) Bedok North Avenue 4 SBS Transit East District
Braddell Bus Park (BRBP) Braddell Road SBS Transit East District
Corporate HQ (SBS Transit Ltd)
Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP) Bukit Batok Street 23 SBS Transit West District
Bulim Bus Depot (BUDEP) Bulim Drive Tower Transit (Anchor) Corporate HQ (Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd)
BOCC
SMRT Buses (Tenant) Gali Batu Zone
Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP) Defu Avenue 1 SBS Transit West District
Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP) Kranji Road SMRT Buses Gali Batu Zone
BOCC
Loyang Bus Depot (LYDEP) Loyang Way Go-Ahead Singapore Corporate HQ (Go Ahead Singapore Pte Ltd)
BOCC
Mandai Bus Depot Mandai Road Tower Transit
Seletar Bus Depot (SEDEP) Yio Chu Kang Crescent SBS Transit (Anchor) East District
BOCC
SMRT Buses (Tenant) Woodlands Zone
Soon Lee Bus Park / Depot (SLBP) Soon Lee Road SBS Transit West District
BOCC
Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP) Business Park Drive SBS Transit BOCC
Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP) Woodlands Industrial Park E4 SMRT Buses Woodlands Zone
BOCC
Woodlands Bus Park (WLBP) North Coast Avenue SMRT Buses Woodlands Zone / Gali Batu Zone

Some bus depots are paired with bus parks for additional handling capacity of buses. Buses permanently stationed at bus parks regularly return to their bus depots for maintenance, refuelling, washing and more, depending on the facilities provided at the bus park. For instance, the former Ayer Rajah Bus Park had its own fuelling pumps and bus wash owing to its far distance away from its parent Bukit Batok Bus Depot, and buses only head back to Bukit Batok for maintenance works. Other paired bus depots/bus parks include Woodlands Depot / Woodlands Bus Park and Bedok North Depot / former Changi Bus Park.

As part of the gradual implementation of the Bus Contracting Model starting from 2016, newer bus depots are owned by the Government and leased out to bus operators who have won their respective bus package contracts.

In addition to parking buses at Bus depots and Bus parks, bus operators may carry out overnight parking at bus interchanges should there be insufficient parking spaces at bus depots.


Upcoming Bus Depots:

Bus depots in the future are fully owned by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and leased to operators as part of the Bus Contracting Model. To accommodate over a thousand additional buses in the next few years, more bus depots are being constructed across the island.

Bus Depot / Bus Park Description
East Coast Bus Depot
(final name TBC)
Multi-storey bus depot located next to East Coast Integrated Depot (EWL, DTL and TEL)
Gali Batu Bus Depot Multi-storey bus depot next to the Downtown Line’s Gali Batu MRT Depot, likely intended for the future Choa Chu Kang-Bukit Panjang Bus Package. Estimated completion in 2023
Kim Chuan Bus Depot Multi-storey bus depot at Kim Chuan, co-located with Kim Chuan Depot expansion
Sengkang West Bus Depot Multi-storey bus depot with dormitory at Sengkang West, likely intended for the Sengkang–Hougang Bus Package. Estimated completion in 2023
Tengah Bus Depot Multi-storey bus depot at Tengah, co-located with Jurong Region Line depot

Defunct
Bus Depot Operator Location Closed
Changi Bus Park SBS Transit Upper Changi Road East 2016
Ayer Rajah Bus Park SBS Transit Ayer Rajah Crescent 2018
Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot SMRT Buses Ang Mo Kio Street 62 2022

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11 thoughts on “Bus Depots and Bus Parks

  • 29 November 2022 at 3:03 AM
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    Bulim Depot might shift to Tengah Integrated Depot in future as Bulim is reserved for industrial estate.Bulim package might be renamed in future.

    Sembawang-Yishun Package-Mandai Integrated Depot.
    Loyang Package-Loyang Depot.
    Seletar Package-Sungei Seletar Depot,Would be better if renamed as Yio Chu Kang Package.
    Jurong West Package-Soon Lee Depot,Will be relocated to future Tuas West Integrated Depot.
    Bukit Merah Package-Ulu Pandan Depot,Might be renamed as Business Park Depot.
    Choa Chu Kang-Bukit Panjang Package-Gali Batu Integrated Depot.
    Woodlands Package-Woodlands Depot & Bus Park.No idea if LTA want to replace the depot and Bus Park in future.
    Sengkang-Hougang Package-Sengkang West Depot
    Bedok Package-East Coast Integrated Depot
    Tampines Package-Bedok North Depot.No idea if LTA want to replace the depot.
    Serangoon-Eunos Package-Kim Chuan Integrated Depot.
    Clementi Package-Bukit Batok Depot,Will be relocated to the Ulu Pandan MRT extension Depot in future.
    Bishan-Toa Payoh Package-Ang Mo Kio Depot & Braddell Bus Park.No idea if LTA want to replace the Depot & Bus Park in future.

    Upcoming new ITH/INT/TER.
    Bidadari ITH>Serangoon-Eunos Package.
    Kallang INT>Serangoon-Eunos Package.
    Buangkok ITH>Sengkang-Hougang Package.
    Punggol North ITH>Loyang Package.
    Tengah Boulevard INT>Bulim Package.
    Jurong Town Hall INT>Bulim Package.
    New Ghim Moh TER>Clementi Package.
    Beauty World ITH>Clementi Package.

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  • 27 February 2022 at 7:46 AM
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    East Coast Bus Depot (ECDEP)
    Gali Batu Bus Depot (GBDEP)
    Kim Chuan Bus Depot (KCDEP)
    Sengkang West Bus Depot (SKDEP or SWDEP)
    Tengah Bus Depot (TGDEP)

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  • 25 June 2021 at 10:49 AM
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    Current Depots. Capacity.
    Bulim. 550 possible for Soon Lee temporary replacement if the depot is demolished.Replacement depot Tengah.
    Loyang. 505 possible for expansion.
    Seletar. 520
    Ulu Pandan. 475 possible for expansion.
    Mandai. 550
    Ang Mo Kio SMRT. 182 might be retain for automotive workshop or expansion for SBST AMDEP or even demolished.
    Ang Mo Kio SBST. 460 might be going for refurbishment and expansion or relocated.
    Bedok. 488 might be demolished and built multi storey bus depot or relocated.
    Hougang. 565 might be demolished or temporary use for Bndep if their depot went for reconstruction.Replacement depot Sengkang West.
    Soon Lee. 525 might be refurbish or relocated.
    Kranji. 215 will be demolished and relocated to Gali Batu.
    Woodlands(Depot/Bus Park). 535 might be demolished and relocated.
    Braddell. 235 will be fully use for CDGE usage.
    Bukit Batok. 300 will be demolished once the new multi storey depot integrated with SMRT Ulu Pandan depot.

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  • 13 June 2021 at 9:03 PM
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    So whats the new multi storey bus depot beside MRT ulu pandan depot called?Or the current ulu pandan bus depot renamed to Business Park Depot?

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